READ EXODUS 25
This week, we are starting to look at different pieces in the tabernacle as God handed them down to Moses. And, before we do, we need to ask ourselves a question regarding our hermeneutics.
Hermeneutics is the technical term for the various approaches to studying God’s Word. It’s the way we define and summarize our view of God’s Word and how we approach understanding it. Considering our approach to the Word of God is vital in all of life. It helps us answer the question, Do I believe God’s Word is authoritative for me? Or, How do I interpret the words of Paul in the Bible verses the words of Matthew? And, How do I understand both as being the inspired Word of God? Like the various turns on a train track, our hermeneutic, or the way we approach God’s Word, will dictate how we arrive at various endpoints as we study the Bible.
Consider your own hermeneutic for a moment. Do you believe the Word of God is authoritative in your life? Why or why not?
Do you believe the Word of God is authoritative in the world? Why or why not?
How do you deal with difficult passages or passages that rub you the wrong way?
What does your hermeneutic reveal about who you believe God to be?
In our passage for this week, our hermeneutic will also be important. There are two primary schools of thought on God’s detailed instructions for His people with regard to the furnishings of the temple. First, there are those who believe that God handed down to Moses a general concept for the temple and that Moses, in turn, borrowed exact details from Egyptian architecture. Secondly, there are those who believe God authored every single detail with intentionality and purpose – this school of thought believes that Moses is just the recipient and God is the grand architect.
How would each school of thought read Exodus 25-30?
How will their interpretations differ? Or, to what different endpoints will their trains of thought deliver them?
If we believe that God only gave Moses a skeleton of design and that Moses borrowed from surrounding cultures, we will fail to see God in the details. This line of thinking sees our study of the Mercy Seat and scoffs, You’re just reading into the design the meaning you want to see. But, if we believe that God is the author and architect, then we will start to see the details of the tabernacle as part of God’s perfect plan. We will see that every detail is important, even when we don’t know what that importance is. And, we will see, that every detail of God’s dwelling place points us forward to the One who would come and be Immanuel, God with us.
Read 2 Timothy 3:16. How should we interpret Exodus 25-30 in light of this?
What will be your hermeneutic as we study the Tabernacle design?
PRAY & REFLECT
Thank God that He has given us His Word. Praise Him that He is God of the details and the architect of the Tabernacle. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in the details we will study this week.